Parents can offer information and guidance to support young people through their teenage years. Good nutrition, physical activity and sleep are important. Challenges include dealing with family issues, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, sex and relationships.
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Around one third of sexually active people have engaged in bisexual behaviour at some time.
Gay people may still feel constant uncertainty about whether they will be accepted, and the pressure of this uncertainty affects their health.
There is no real explanation as to why some men are gay and others are not; it is just part of the wide variety of human sexuality.
Many women report they have lesbian experiences or feelings, but do not think of themselves as lesbians.
An underlying cause of a lessened libido can be relationship problems, which can be helped with counselling.
Safe sex is sexual contact that doesn't involve the exchange of semen, vaginal fluids or blood between partners.
It is normal to have mixed feelings about having sex with someone else.
Talking about sex with your child is easier if you start when they are young, but it's never too late.
One in four teenagers report they were either drunk or high during their most recent sexual encounter.
Most Australian teenagers don't practise safe sex.